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Trace elements // Kelsey Stephenson


Riverbed by Kelsey Stephenson. Etching, digital, chine collé, 24×26″, 2018. Image courtesy of the artist.

Exhibition Dates: Thursday February 20th – Friday March 20th, 2020

Opening Reception: Thursday February 20th, 5-8 pm
Artist will be in attendance

Artist Talk: Saturday February 22nd, 2pm
ASL interpretation available by request. Requests must be submitted by 5pm on February 19th by emailing askmartha@printmakers.mb.ca or calling 204-779-6253.

These events are free to attend and open to the public.

Martha Street Studio is pleased to present Trace elements, a solo exhibition of work by Kelsey Stephenson (AB).

Trace elements includes a series of small edition and monoprint works developed over the last two years, using eight larger format etching plates as the basis for imagery and printing. While some works have been printed and editioned, many utilize the traces left by ghost prints and a spontaneous approach to combining prints and plates together to create new works as monoprints. The installation divining in this exhibition uses both audio and visuals to create a sense of place within the gallery. “Alberta,” by Alex Gray, plays on a loop in the background, allowing both visual and sound to draw viewers in. As our bodies enter the landscape of the gallery, the fragile paper is disturbed, making it move and rustle. Combined, the individual squares making up divining present as a single piece as though seeing an aerial view of landscape, observing impressions left behind by thousands of years, or a short period of flood of erosion from water.